Reavis L. Mitchell, JR, ’69, D.A.

Reavis L. Mitchell, JR, '69, D.A.
Faculty Representative Chair

Reavis L. Mitchell, Jr., is a native of Nashville, Tennessee. He was educated in Nashville’s public and catholic schools, and he obtained the Bachelor of Arts Degree from Fisk University. Advanced degrees include the Master of Science from Tennessee State University and a Doctorate from Middle Tennessee State University, with post-doctoral studies at Harvard University.

Since 1980, Dr. Mitchell has been a member of the history faculty at Fisk University, he presently serves as Professor of History and Dean of the School of Humanities and Behavioral Social Sciences. During his tenure, he has held numerous administrative positions at Fisk, including Director of Institutional Advancement, Executive Assistant to the President, and Dean of Academic Affairs. He has held adjunct professorships with the College of St. Francis and with Vanderbilt University.

Reavis L. Mitchell is one of the historians who organized Nashville’s Local Conference on Afro-American History and Culture. Over the past 20 years, he has written and had published a number of profiles in the conference proceedings, “Leaders of Afro-American Nashville.” In addition to this work, he also is the author of Thy Loyal Children Make Their Way: A History of Fisk University Since 1866 and of 12 entries in 1989’s Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture. He has written hundreds of historical monographs in journals, magazines, and newspapers, and is the author of the illustrated chapter,” Alexandria, Tennessee: Slumbering in the Shadow of Progress,” for Critical Essays on W. E. B. Du Bois’ Souls of Black Folk, an anthology from the University of Missouri Press 2003.

Dr. Mitchell is frequently consulted on African-American heritage and architecture, and his comments have been published in TIME, Ebony, Black Enterprise, The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, and The Journal of Ethnic Studies. For two years he served as a historical consultant for the documentary film on the Fisk Jubilee Singers for PBS’s The American Experience, produced by WGBH, Boston, and broadcast in April, 2000. He served as consultant to Spark Media in Washington, D.C., for its documentary film, Partners of the Heart, a chronicle of the life of pioneering surgical research technician, Vivien T. Thomas. For the last twenty years he has served as an only air consultant to WTVF Channel Five in Nashville, Tennessee.

Dr. Mitchell chaired the Metro Historical Commission from 2006-2008. Presently he serves as chairman of the Tennessee Historical Commission on which he is completing his 5th year term. In 2007 he was elected chair of (TSRB) for nomination to The National Trust for Historic Preservation, and as a member of the Tennessee Historical Society he serves as Executive Vice President.

Dr. Reavis Mitchell is married to Dr. Patricia W. Mitchell, a licensed psychologist, and is the father of four sons, and one grand-daughter